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Here is where we will be out and about at Shows, Talks and Workshops in the year ahead.

The talks are booked by specific groups but you don't need to be a member to attend, as visitors are always welcome for a small contribution. Please contact us by phone or email if you would like to book us or if you need any more details. A description of all the talks we offer are here.

6 Apr 2020: Malvern Quilters
Talk
Wonderful costumes and textiles made for special occasions such as weddings, festivals and religious ceremonies
Church of the Ascension Hall, Somers Park Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1XA
Mon 6 Apr 2020, 7.15 pm

   

SO SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. LET'S HOPE WE CAN FIND ANOTHER DATE NEXT YEAR. PLEASE ORDER FROM OUR WEBSITE AS WE STRUGGLE TO KEEP OUR BUSINESS GOING - KEEP WELL AND KEEP SMILING EVERYONE!

Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.

A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, New Year celebrations amongst the hilltribes of Northern Thailand, and a Yao wedding in Laos.

The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!

7 Apr 2020: Solihull Embroiderer's Guild
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Solihull Methodist Church Hall, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1LG
Tue 7 Apr 2020, 7.30 pm

   

SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL NEXT YEAR. KEEP WELL EVERYONE AND PLEASE ORDER ONLINE. We are keeping our mail order going.

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

25 Apr 2020 to 26 Apr 2020: Wonderwool Wales
Show
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Mid Wales LD2 3SY
Sat 25 Apr 2020 to Sun 26 Apr 2020, 10 - 4.30

Image result for wonderwool walesTHIS WONDERFUL SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE FEEL SO SORRY FOR CHRISSIE AND HER TEAM WHOPUT SO MUCH TIME, EFFORT AND MONEY INTO IT. BUT NEVER MIND! WE WILL BE THERE NEXT YEAR!!!! ONWARDS!

In the meantime, please order online... thanks!

We shall be here again at The Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells for this wonderful show.

Come and find us on our usual stand (E5 in Hall 1)

If you've never been to Wonderwool before, we highly recommend it. Very friendly, not overwhelming in size but so many quality, unusual and independent traders in anything wooly and fibre related. 

And some lovely food stalls too!

We never know what the weather will be like at this Show and we've seen it all - from brilliant warm sunshine to gales and snow. Whatever it throws at us, we will be there for our Big Green Van's first big outing of the year, with hot water bottles on standby!

28 Apr 2020: Crystal Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
The Elton Centre, St John's Road, Stourbridge DY8 1HA
Tue 28 Apr 2020, 7pm

   

CANCELLED - We''ll keep you informed if we get another date.

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

16 May 2020 to 17 May 2020: World Textile Fair
Show
Bisley Village Hall, Bisley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 7AX
Sat 16 May 2020 to Sun 17 May 2020
UNFORTUNATELY THIS SHOW HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED.                                                                              SO FINGERS TIGHTLY CROSSED THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD WITH IT ON OCTOBER 17th AND 18th

 

 

6 Jun 2020: World Textile Day Central
Show
Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall, Astrop Road, King's Sutton Banbury OX17 3PG
Sat 6 Jun 2020, 10 - 4.30

The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders" (and Border crossings) Our guest speaker in Oxfordshire is the editor of "Asian Textiles", Gavin Strachan. He will be giving us a fascinating talk (at least I hope so!)  on the English Marco Polo, Thomas Coryate. The morning talk starts at 11 am and tickets (which cost only £3) will be available from the moment we open our doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from Jim Gaffney (my dear husband) on Freedom of Movement for Textiles. This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired, maybe even at a World Textile Day. You may have a story to tell about it or a question to ask. 

Come and enjoy this very enjoyable World Textile Day in the centre of England. There is plenty of easy parking around the venueown, tea and cakes are provided by Adele and her mum, and there are lovely places for lunch nearby, interesting talks,  free entrance and amazing specialist textile stalls with plenty of seats. What more can you ask?

 

8 Jun 2020: Llandegai Patchers
Talk
How long can the traditions of making labour intensive hand made textiles continue? A thought provoking talk.
Talgai Hall, Llandegai
Mon 8 Jun 2020, 1.30 pm

Making beautiful hand made textiles is extremely labour intensive, so do we take them for granted? And how long can these traditions continue? What are the prospects for the makers, and the traditional way of life represented by such wonderful textiles?

We’ll look at the past and possible future solutions in this thought provoking talk illustrated with some of our very best textiles from around the world.

13 Jun 2020: World Textile Day Scotland
Show
Bridge of Allan Parish Hall, 12, Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4NW
Sat 13 Jun 2020, 10 - 4.30

The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders" (and Border crossings) Our guest speaker in Scotland is Jim Gaffney (of Textile Traders fame) who will be talking about "Freedom of Movement for Textiles" 

The morning talk starts at 11 am and tickets (which cost only £3) will be available from the moment we open our doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from Bob Irwin of the African Fabric Shop on the subject of trading beads over borders in Africa, which he has done many times. This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired, maybe even at a World Textile Day. You may have a story to tell about it or a question to ask. 

Come and enjoy our one and only World Textile Day Scotland in this lovely little town. There is easy parking around town, and a very handy railways station within an easy walk, tea and cakes are provided by the local WI, and there are many lovely places for lunch nearby, with free entrance and amazing specialist textiles stalls, interesting talks and plenty of seats. What more can you ask?

17 Jun 2020: Aberdeen Patchwork and Quilters Group
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Rubislaw Church Centre, 1, Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen AB15 4AB
Wed 17 Jun 2020, 7 pm

   

SORRY! Cancelled for this year - but we will be back next year!

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

26 Jun 2020 to 27 Jun 2020: Woolfest
Show
The Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Fri 26 Jun 2020 to Sat 27 Jun 2020, 10 - 4.30

 

SO SAD TO SAY THAT THIS WONDERFUL SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR. WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO SELL ONLINE AND WE KEEP ADDING TO WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE. ALL THE BEST AND LET'S HOPE WE SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN AT NEXT YEAR'S WOOLFEST! Same weekend in 2021.

 

9 Jul 2020: Wirral Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
St. Michael's and All Angels Church Hall, Newton, West Kirby, CH48 6EP
Thu 9 Jul 2020, 7pm

   

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

15 Jul 2020 to 16 Jul 2020: World Textile Bazaar
Show
Hellen's Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2LY
Wed 15 Jul 2020 to Thu 16 Jul 2020, 10 - 4.30

21 Jul 2020: Shropshire Quilters
Talk
How long can the traditions of making labour intensive hand made textiles continue? A thought provoking talk.
Mereside Community Centre, Springfield Road, Shrewsbury
Tue 21 Jul 2020, 7.30pm

Making beautiful hand made textiles is extremely labour intensive, so do we take them for granted? And how long can these traditions continue? What are the prospects for the makers, and the traditional way of life represented by such wonderful textiles?

We’ll look at the past and possible future solutions in this thought provoking talk illustrated with some of our very best textiles from around the world.

5 Sep 2020: World Textile Day East
Show
Mundford Village Hall, St Leonard's Street, Mundford, near Thetford. IP26 5DW
Sat 5 Sep 2020, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2020 is "Crossing Borders and Border Crossings" and we will be having a series of talks and textile displays on this theme as ever!

In Norfolk our guest speaker is Jennifer Hughes, a textile artists and collector who will show us her amazing ikat collection. 

Jennifer will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

At 2pm Jim will be giving a half hour talk in the afternoon on "Freedom of Movement for Textiles" - no idea what that will be about!

And that will be followed by a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes are available throughout the day at the venue.

There is plenty of free parking at the hall and the nearest station is at Brandon. Delicious lunches are also available nearby.

Come and join us at our very popular Show in Norfolk.

 

8 Sep 2020: Cheshire and Chester Embroiderer's Guild
Talk
How long can the traditions of making labour intensive hand made textiles continue? A thought provoking talk.
Bickerton Village Hall, Long Lane, Bickerton, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AU
Tue 8 Sep 2020, 10 30 am

Making beautiful hand made textiles is extremely labour intensive, so do we take them for granted? And how long can these traditions continue? What are the prospects for the makers, and the traditional way of life represented by such wonderful textiles?

We’ll look at the past and possible future solutions in this thought provoking talk illustrated with some of our very best textiles from around the world.

19 Sep 2020: World Textile Day South
Show
Brockenhurst Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7RY
Sat 19 Sep 2020, 10 - 4.30

This is the first World Textile Day at this venue in the new forest, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be a good one! The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders" (and Border crossings)

Our guest speakers for the next three shows will be the stunning double act of Magie Relph (of the African Fabric Shop) and Diane Gaffney (of Textile Traders)  Together they will present a talk on the  journey of batik from its origins in Indonesia to West Africa where it has ended up as wax print. A bit of history, geography, politics and intrique are all thrown into the story.

The morning talk starts at 11 am and tickets (which cost only £3) will be available from the moment we open our doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from an amazing collector of animal trappings, Gaynor Williams.This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired, maybe even at a World Textile Day. You may have a story to tell about it or a question to ask. 

Come and enjoy this new World Textile Day South venue in this lovely little town. There is parking around town, and tea and cakes will be available, plus many lovely places for lunch nearby, with free entrance and amazing specialist textiles stalls, interesting talks and plenty of seats. What more can you ask?

3 Oct 2020: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford Bristol BS31 3BY
Sat 3 Oct 2020, 10 am - 4.30 pm

We love coming back to this venue with the wonderful Saltford Community Association. And we're hoping for another stonking good year.! The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders" (and Border crossings) 

Our guest speakers for the next three shows will be the stunning double act of Magie Relph (of the African Fabric Shop) and Diane Gaffney (of Textile Traders)  Together they will present a talk on the  journey of batik from its origins in Indonesia to West Africa where it has ended up as wax print. A bit of history, geography, politics and intrique are all thrown into the story.

The morning talk starts at 11 am and tickets (which cost only £3) will be available from the moment we open our doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from the very famous antique textile dealer (not him, the textiles!) John Gillow who will be telling us about the Afghan border and the textiles from around that area.

This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired, maybe even at a World Textile Day. You may have a story to tell about it or a question to ask. 

Come and enjoy this great venue so handily placed on the bus route between Bath and Bristol. There is free parking and superb refreshements are provided by the Community Association. with free entrance and amazing specialist textiles stalls, interesting talks and plenty of seats. What more can you ask?

 

10 Oct 2020: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 10 Oct 2020, 10 am - 4.30 pm

The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders" (and Border crossings)  and this day in Frodsham is our last one of the year. So if you haven't made it to any of our shows, please try and get to this one!

Our guest speakers for this show will be the stunning double act of Magie Relph (of the African Fabric Shop) and Diane Gaffney (of Textile Traders)  Together they will present a talk on the  journey of batik from its origins in Indonesia to West Africa where it has ended up as wax print. A bit of history, geography, politics and intrique are all thrown into the story.

The morning talk starts at 11 am and tickets (which cost only £3) will be available from the moment we open our doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from the ever popular Japanese sashiko quilter and expert Susan Briscoe.

This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired, maybe even at a World Textile Day. You may have a story to tell about it or a question to ask. 

Come and enjoy World Textile Day North in this lovely and very easily accessible little town - just off the motorways. There is plenty of parking at the venue, and tea and cakes will be available, plus many lovely places for lunch nearby, with free entrance and amazing specialist textiles stalls, interesting talks and plenty of seats. What more can you ask?

 

17 Oct 2020 to 18 Oct 2020: World Textile Bazaar
Show
Bisley Village Hall, Bisley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sat 17 Oct 2020 to Sun 18 Oct 2020, 10 - 4.30

We have our fingers firmly crossed that this show will go ahead on its amended date.

This is a new one for us and we are all hoping that things will be easier by October.

Best of Luck!

Meantime please use our Mail Order online service

24 Oct 2020: World Textile Day Wales
Show
The Minerva Centre, Great Oak Street, Llanidloes,
Sat 24 Oct 2020, 10 - 4.30

NEW DATE!!!

The theme for this year's run of shows is "Crossing Borders". Our guest speaker in Wales is well known textile collector, author and speaker, Angela Thompson. I have seen her speak several times, and she is always very entertaining. Her talk covers her journeys and textiles all the way from Japan to Turkey. That talk will be at 11 am and tickets (only £3)  will be available from the moment we open doors at 10am.

At 2 pm we'll have a short talk from Bob Irwin of the African Fabric Shop on the subject of trading beads over borders in Africa, which he has done many times. This will be followed by our popular "Wear and Tell" and we rely on you to fill the space by wearing something "World Textiley" you've made, or bought or acquired. You may have a funny story to tell or a question to ask about it. 

Come and enjoy our first World Textile Day of the year in this lovely little town. There is easy parking around town, tea and cakes are provided by Doreen and her ladies, with lovely places for lunch nearby, demonstrations by the Braid Society and the Quilt group, free entrance and amazing specialist stalls. What more can you ask?